Almost-Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve been making a shortcut chicken pot pie recipe and am slowly working up to making one that is completely homemade. This is the closest I’ve gotten so far, but I still haven’t come up with my own sauce recipe or made my own pie crust. That’s next on my to-do list. Here’s what I…

View from my Window

The view out of my window — Sharon taking a break from all her digging, mentioned in a previous post.

Chicken Tikka Masala

This is an excellent recipe for one of the only Indian dishes I really enjoy. I got the original from the Pioneer Woman website, but the instructions for broiling the chicken seemed really off to me so I’ve made some changes. I’ve made this for my family twice and they’ve raved about it both times! Now I…

Slow-Cooked French Dip Sandwiches

These sandwiches are sooo good and one of the easiest meals to make as long as you plan ahead. They cook on Low for 24 hours and it takes very little effort to shred them. Really the only stipulation is to start with a frozen chuck steak or roast. This recipe was in my Healthy…

The Best Meatballs Ever

These meatballs are more like meatloaf — they wouldn’t taste right with spaghetti but on their own, as a main dish, they are sooooo good. I got the recipe from my Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook that Sharon gave me for Christmas. We’ve already had it twice and it’s a testament to how good they are…

Beef and Macaroni Dinner

Much better than hamburger helper, but just about as easy. Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef (I used 70/30) A little under 1 lb. of elbow macaroni 8 oz. + 15 oz. tomato sauce Onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper Pinch of red pepper flakes Directions: Brown the ground beef and drain off fat….

Discovering Buttermilk

Since buying a quart of buttermilk to make the Red Velvet Cake, I’ve been looking for recipes to use it up and have stumbled upon the realization that buttermilk may just be the best thing ever. It adds a lightness and flavor to anything it touches. I have baked before using a buttermilk powder —…

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Craisins

I got the idea for this recipe from the Wegmans Menu magazine and a Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook. It’s one of the sides for their $6 meals right now and the picture looked pretty delicious so I thought I’d try making it. It’s a lot of trouble. Here’s the thing — first you have…

Red Velvet Cake

I don’t like cakes made from scratch, or even cakes from a bakery. I really only like cakes made from store-bought cake mixes. There’s just something in the flavor and the texture of real cakes that I don’t enjoy. So when I decided to make a red velvet cake from scratch, it was because I hoped…

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

I am attempting to learn recipes for homemade versions of convenience foods and tried one today for homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. I mixed a few spoonfuls into a glass of milk and it tasted just like the store-bought syrup that costs about $2 for a 24 oz. bottle – AND I made it in about five…